Many Nigerians were left in shock when the Independent Electoral Commission ( INEC) announced the ban on smartphones during election. Since the use of smartphones pose no danger to the smooth conduct of elections or interfere in the smooth conduct of the elections, many Nigerians couldn’t justify the rationale behobe the ban.
If anything, the use of smartphones will expose election irregularities and chestich by giving citizens and the electorate the means and immediacy of reporting Electoral malpractice in real-time.
For instance the alleged registration of underaged voters in Kano was exposed by the use of a smartphone…a situation that rattled INEC to conduct an investigation.
The peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has voiced similar fears. The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, claimed INEC placed the ban on the smartphones to pave way for the rigging of the 2019 election.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Media Relations, Mr. FIdelis Soriwei, quoted Secondus as having made the comment during a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa East Senatorial District in Yenagoa on Tuesday. According to him, Secondus said that it was quite puzzling that the commission would attempt to prevent the use of smart phones, which he described as the easiest means of communication in the society, during elections. He stressed that the decision to ban the use of smart phones was the strategy of INEC and the APC to rig the 2019 elections. The PDP Chairman also restated his opposition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act in a bid to avoid the use of card readers. He said, “We have all heard what the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, said about the decision to ban the use of smart phones in the polling units. All over the world, a smart phone is the easiest way of communication. “What they have said clearly shows that the commission, in connivance with the All Progressives Congress, have perfected a rigging strategy for the next election. “In fact, INEC has sent Nigeria back to the primitive days. “The same plan to rig the 2019 election is responsible for the refusal of the President to sign the amended Electoral Act because the card reader must be used. “Our position is that INEC is wrong, there is nowhere in the constitution or in the electoral act, where smart phones are banned. “INEC, if you throw this country to crisis, you will be held responsible.”